Yogurt-Rice Pilaf

Yogurt-Rice Pilaf

Toasty mustard seed and spicy Thai chiles add distinctive flavor to an East Indian rice pilaf.

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cup uncooked basmati or regular long-grain rice
1 1/2
cups cold water
tablespoon vegetable oil
teaspoon black or yellow mustard seed
cup Yoplait® Fat Free plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)
teaspoon salt
or 3 fresh Thai, serrano or cayenne chiles, cut in half lengthwise
to 12 fresh karhi leaves or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilanto, if desired
  1. Place rice in 1 1/2-quart saucepan; add enough cold water to cover rice. Rub rice gently between fingers; drain. Repeat 4 or 5 times until water is clear; drain. Cover rice with cold water; soak 30 minutes. Drain; return to saucepan.
  2. Heat rice and 1 1/2 cups cold water to boiling, stirring once. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook uncovered 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost all water has evaporated.
  3. Reduce heat to low; cover; cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat; let rice stand covered 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in 6-inch skillet, heat oil and mustard seed over medium-high heat. Once seed begins to pop, cover skillet and wait until popping stops; remove from heat.
  5. In medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Stir in oil mixture. Add cooked rice; toss well.
Makes 6 servings
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Did You Know?
Yogurt helps to alleviate the chiles' attack on the palate. The next time you eat something fiery hot, remember to either drink some milk or eat a small bowl of plain yogurt to help ease the burning in your mouth!

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 160
    • (Calories from Fat 25),
  • Total Fat 2 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 0g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 240mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 28g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 3g),
  • Protein 4g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.